Pseudochromis rutilus Gill, Allen & Erdmann, 2012
Red-gold Dottyback
photo by Allen, G.R.

Family:  Pseudochromidae (Dottybacks), subfamily: Pseudochrominae
Max. size:  5.5 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; marine; depth range 65 - 70 m
Distribution:  Indian Ocean: Indonesia.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 3-3; Dorsal soft rays (total): 26-26; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 14-14. A species of Pseudochromis with the following combination of characters: dorsal-fin rays III,26; anal-fin rays III,14; circumpeduncular scales 16; dorsal-fin origin to pelvic-fin origin 34.7 % SL; third anal-fin spine 7.1 % SL (Ref. 89054). Description: Characterized by brown color on head and upper body, grading to yellowish orange on middle portion of side and whitish ventrally; longitudinal rows of yellow-orange spots corresponding with scale rows on upper half of body; opercle with undulating yellow lines and grayish patch; median fins yellowish; anterior lateral line scales 24-26; predorsal scales 25 (Ref. 90102).
Biology:  Several individuals were observed darting under low, rocky overhangs and larger coral rubble pieces on this current-swept, low-relief slope (Ref. 89054).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Busson, Frédéric - 17.01.12
Modified by: Valdestamon, Roxanne Rei - 20.03.13

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